First details of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray release trickle out

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still playing in theaters,  but the movie's home video release may be closer than you think.

According to Slashfilm, various reports online are saying that Episode VII of the Star Wars saga will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5, with a digital platform release happening three weeks earlier, on March 15. While that has yet to be confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm, there is also info starting to surface about what kind of bonus content we can expect as part of the set, which is expected to consist of two Blu-rays and one DVD.

The biggest question probably concerns what, if any, deleted scenes will be included. We know we won't be getting a longer cut of the film -- J.J. Abrams has said that the theatrical release is his "director's cut" -- but we do know that a number of scenes were shot that didn't make the final feature.

Star Wars News Net got hold of quotes from two of the film's editors, with one of them, Mary Jo Markey, saying that we shouldn't expect a ton of additional scenes: "There aren’t a lot. There’s one with Harrison Ford, there’s one with Rey, but there aren’t a lot. I think there are maybe seven or eight."

And even those won't add much to the story that isn't already there, says editor Maryann Brandon: "I honestly think that what is in the film is exactly what needs to be in the film, and what isn’t remains fun but not necessary."

Hopefully those scenes will be enjoyable to watch even if they're not especially revelatory about anything. In the meantime, there is also a list of alleged special features online (also from Star Wars News Net) that includes the following:

Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
The Story Awakens: The Table Read
Building BB-8
Crafting Creatures
Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight
The Visual Magic Of The Force
John Williams: The Seventh Symphony
Deleted Scenes
Force For Change

Again, we should emphasize that none of this is officially confirmed yet by the studio, but if all these features are included, one good thing to note at first glance is that Disney seems to be putting a lot of content into this release and not just rushing out a bare-bones disc with plans for a content-laden double dip later on (not that that couldn't happen ...). Do you plan to buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray yourself?

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